Our Vision

To promote art, artists and well being through exhibition, education and participation


  • To inspire creativity
  • Ensure a high quality and efficient event
  • To be fair, ethical and inclusive
  • To collaborate, communicate and be accountable
  • To value and promote volunteering


The open art exhibition is owned and run by volunteer artists


It is a not-for-profit, self-funded organization run by volunteers.  We are actively seeking business sponsorship to support the exhibition. We are hoping to gain a media partner.


The purpose of the exhibition is to promote art appreciation and encourage creativity for all involved, including the students at Swavesey Village College and to benefit established and emerging artists living in Cambridge and elsewhere, giving them the opportunity to promote and showcase their work. This work can be traditional or innovative.


The exhibition is not-for-profit and is artist led. It is to benefit artists and to raise the profile of the visual arts in and around Cambridge and for this reason no commission on sales is taken from artists.

The exhibition is open and non selective.


USP: The exhibition is the only large one in East Anglia not to charge commission on work sold. By showcasing the work in first class surroundings this provides artists with the best opportunity to reach a discerning audience.

Artist Entry Fee

The entry fee covers marketing costs, screen transportation, venue hire, artwork check in, hanging, artwork labelling, artists reception, stewarding, artwork check out, administration and public liability.


For 22 years the exhibition was held at Cottenham Village College. This year is the eighth year that it will be held at Swavesey Village College. In the future we hope to hold it at Northstowe Secondary College.

Organising Committee

John Garstang – Chairperson

Vacant – Treasurer

Vacant – Secretary

Linda Heywood – Artists’ Liaison

Kathryn Quinn – Marketing

Sue Barnes – Committee Member

Kate McGonigle – Committee Member

Rosemary Millar – Artist Advisor

Claire Bonner – Website Coordinator

If you would like to volunteer to help at this year’s

exhibition please email us info@coax.org.uk